David Pittu, late of the national tour of Titanic, and Andrea Burns, recently of Off-Broadway's Saturday Night, will be Leo and Lucille Frank in the new, five month national tour of Parade, beginning its march June 13-18 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre.
Director Harold Prince recreates his 1998-99 Lincoln Center Theater staging of the serious-minded, Tony Award-winning musical about murder, race and anti-Semitism in Georgia. The creative team, including choreographer Patricia Birch and designers Riccardo Hernandez (set) and Howell Binkley (lighting) reunite for the summer-fall 2000 tour.
The company includes Adinah Alexander (Mrs. Phagan), Ray Aranha (Newt Lee), Kristen Cullen (Mary Phagan), Jeff Edgerton (Young Solider/Fiddlin' John), Donal Grody (Old Soldier/Judge Roan), Rick Hilsabeck (Governor Slaton), Daniel Frank Kelley (Frankie Epps), Keith Byron Kirk (Jim Conley), Randy Redd (Britt Craig), Peter Samuels (Hugh Dorsey), David Vosburgh (Luther Rosser/Floyd MacDaniel), John Leslie Wolfe (Tom Watson). The ensemble includes Anne Allgood, Mimi Bessette, Justin Bohon, Elizabeth Brownlee, Diana Brownstone, David Coolidge, David Dannehl, Sandra DeNise, Peter Flynn, Carla J. Hargrove, Tim Howard, Siri Howard, Jamie Johhson, Raissa Katona, Emily Klein, Corey Reynolds, Greg Roderick, Laura Schutter, Natasha Yvette Williams.
Sound designer is Duncan Edwards, costume designer is Judith Dolan and Clayton Phillips in assistant to Prince. Composer Brown will be the tour's musical director.
Reprising their original Broadway roles are Klein as Essie, Edgerton as the Young Soldier, Wolfe as Watson and Aranha as Newt Lee. Original cast members returning in new roles are Alexander as Mrs. Phagan, Redd as Britt Craig and Samuel as Hugh Dorsey. In addition to the tour dates below, provided by a spokesperson for the tour, there is talk that Boston may be part of the mix, in mid July, and the Parade web site reports dates at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, Nov. 14-19. The Parade tour route includes:
June 13-18: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
June 20-25: Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
June 27-July 2: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, TX
Aug. 1-13: Ordway Theatre, St. Paul, MN
Aug. 15-20: Benedum Center (CLO), Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 22-27: Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Green Bay, WI
Sept. 5-10: Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL
Sept. 12-24: Denver Center Buell Theatre, Denver, CO
Sept. 26-Oct.15: 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA.
Oct. 17-29: Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH.